'Schutz' is a project driven by curiosity and a desire to use design as a vessel for change. It focuses on redesigning handcuffs to be safer for the three user groups involved in the arrest process, the authority, the arrestee and any bystanders.

'Schutz' promotes handcuff safety and prevents injuries that are all too common in the arrest process. It puts forward a practical solution for arrest through the incorporation of wrist control techniques into its mechanism, which improves arrest effectiveness for police. A quick arrest is a safe arrest, and this product aims to decrease tensions between civilians and authority, through a more humane consideration and solution of the arrest process.

Improving arrest safety for civilians, while decreasing arrest times and difficulty for officers, leads to a de-escalation of tensions through the focal point of arrest. With 'Schutz', relations between police and civilian can become more positive and cooperative.

The Handcuff uses a rack and pinion gear to allow the cuff to wrap around the wrist of the arrestee

The Handcuff uses a rack and pinion gear to allow the cuff to wrap around the wrist of the arrestee

'Schutz' combines safety with practicality to provide quicker, comfortable restraint

'Schutz' combines safety with practicality to provide quicker, comfortable restraint

'Schutz' uses a closing mechanism that wraps the handcuff around the wrist of the arrestee

'Schutz' uses a closing mechanism that wraps the handcuff around the wrist of the arrestee

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